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McKirgan feted at OHHA banquet

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
It was mighty cold outside, but the warmth emanating from the room surely spread its heat throughout the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington, Ohio, on Saturday as 77-year-old Don McKirgan took the stage at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association annual banquet to be feted for his induction into the state’s Hall of Fame. True to the form that was responsible for his selection by th...
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Money Maven cashes in in Yonkers Open

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
Favored Money Maven (Yannick Gingras, $5.40) held sway after a long grind Sunday afternoon winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicap Trot.  The field of nine went as the first of seven ‘French’ trots, with Money Maven away from third from post position three.  Last week’s off-the-pace winner, Consolidator (Jim Marohn Jr.) left hard here. The lass worked around pol...
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George Brennan and a pair of “old men”

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
Put Foiled Again together with Run And Tell Pap and you get a 25-year-old gelding. Well, not quite. While the exploits of 14-year-old pacer Foiled Again—he of the 99 career wins and sport’s best $7.5 million lifetime bankroll—have been well-documented by any number of authors, including this one, trotter Run And Tell Pap also just keeps on keepin’ on. The 11-year-old son of High Falls ...
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Another Breath repeats at Miami Valley

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
An Open Trot and a trio of first leg divisions of the Claim To Fame Late Closer series for $30,000 claimers, all for $25,000 purses, shared the spotlight on the Sunday matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. Another Breath (Chris Page) scored for the second straight week in the top trot besting Cantab Lindy (Tyler Smith) and Walter White (Dan Noble) in 1:55.4.  Page, undoubtedly aware that...
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Somebeachsomewhere dies at age 13

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
World champion, Hall of Famer, leading stallion and legendary Standardbred racehorse Somebeachsomewhere was euthanized Sunday afternoon, Jan. 14, at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in Ringoes, NJ after a short battle with cancer. Somebeachsomewhere had just turned 13 on Jan. 1. "It’s devastating. It’s a terrible day," said Brent MacGrath, the trainer and part-owner of the Canadian-...
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Bettors, Brett Miller have big night at Big M

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
After cold temperatures cancelled racing at the Meadowlands a week ago, Big M fans and driver Brett Miller enjoyed the unseasonable warmth in a big way as racing resumed on a rainy Friday night. The Pick-5, which had a guaranteed pool of $125,000, ended up at just over $250,000 after adding the wager’s carryover of $28,786 to the pot. Those smart enough to have the winning combination of 3-...
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Sally Fletcher A wins F&M Open at Yonkers

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
Odds-on Sally Fletcher A (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) was saved by the wire Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s first-of-the-season $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The auto-drawn field of seven traversed the rain and the wind and the fog, with Sally Fletcher A—from post position two—wanting no part of an early seat. The people’s preference worked around polester Scandalicious (Matt Kak...
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Western Hill set for 4YO debut at Yonkers

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
Last summer, talented pacer Western Hill showed promise of becoming a top stakes 3 year old. The Tony Alagna trainee finished second in his North American Cup elimination and fifth in the final the following week. After failing to make the Meadowlands Pace final, the son of Western Ideal again finished second in an elimination of the Adios and earned a fourth-place check in the final. Desp...
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USTA District 1 meets, votes on rules changes

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
Despite a snowstorm the night before, USTA District 1 conducted its annual membership meeting on Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington, Ohio. Led by director Don "Skip" Hoovler and directors Dan Ater and Dr. John Mossbarger, the members in attendance discussed and voted upon the 24 rule change and by-law proposals submitted by members, track officials and USTA Staff. The entire ...
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USTA District 7 meets, votes on rules changes

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
The annual meeting of the United States Trotting Association’s District 7, encompassing Pennsylvania, was held on Saturday at the Omni Bedford Springs Report in this Pennsylvania city. District Chairman Sam Beegle was joined by directors Russell Williams, Rich Gillock, Barry Brown, and Kevin Decker. Beegle asked Williams to guide the review of the USTA rule change proposals. Russell sta...
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Illinois horseman Duncan Price dies at 74

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
Duncan Price, 74, a longtime harness horseman, died Tuesday (Jan. 9). He was born in Suffolk, England on Sept. 30, 1943, to the late John and Jean Price and was a resident of Grant Park, Ill. Price was a long-time breeder, owner, trainer and driver in Illinois where he owned and operated Galewood Farm in Grant Park for a number of years. After working with his family at the first harne...
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Former Louisville Downs exec Dale Owens dies

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
Former Louisville Downs executive Dale Edward Owens, 67, of  Louisville, Ky., died Thursday, Jan. 11.  Mr. Owens was an influential figure in Louisville professional sports for nearly four decades. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1975, he became the Assistant to the President of William H. King Enterprises and Marketing Director of Louisville Downs harness track, serv...
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Cajon Lightning wins fifth at Dover meet

on 01/12/2018 12:00 AM
Cajon Lightning took the lead early on the way to his fifth win of the meet romping to a 1:51.2 success in the $25,000 Open pace at Dover Downs on Thursday (Jan.11). Three drivers dominated on the 13-race card; Tim Tetrick won four, Tony Morgan and Art Stafford Jr. had three apiece. Trained by Eric Ell for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, after starting from the outs...
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Miami Valley cancels Friday card

on 01/12/2018 12:00 AM
Due to an impending forecasted ice storm that will make travel to and from the track unsafe, Miami Valley has canceled the races for Friday night, Jan. 12. There is no precipitation forecast for Saturday or Sunday, so plans are to race on both those days.   The first leg of a late-closer for $12,500 male claimers that was scheduled for Friday night has been pushed back one week....
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Yonkers drivers talk about Pick 5 carryover races

on 01/12/2018 12:00 AM
The Pick-5 at Yonkers Raceway features a $15,113.25 carryover and $40,000 guaranteed pool Friday night (Jan. 12). The bet, which offers no consolation payout, covers races seven through 11 and offers a 50-cent base wager. Free past performances for the card are available at this lin Two of the track’s leading drivers, Jason Bartlett and George Brennan, discussed their drives in the ...
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Ms Mac N Cheese best in Woodbine preferred

on 01/12/2018 12:00 AM
Richard Moreau trainees Ms Mac N Cheese and Witch Dali finished one-two in Friday evening’s $30,000 Mares Preferred at Woodbine Racetrack. Snowy and freezing conditions made traveling to Woodbine difficult on Friday and led to the scratch of more than a dozen horses, including millionaire L A Delight. The removal of the Bob McIntosh-trained superstar, who had won the last two editions of the ...
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DSOA honors Delaware’s best

on 01/12/2018 12:00 AM
Just under 300 horsemen, legislators, including the governor of Delaware, John Carney, and friends of harness racing in the First State turned out for the 21st annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards Dinner at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover Friday.  As usual, prior to the nighttime activity, the annual DSOA midday business meeting was held with evening festivitie...
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Meadows cancels after 3; Buffalo cancels weekend

on 01/11/2018 12:00 AM
The Meadows canceled Thursday’s live card after three races when a rapid thaw created soft, potentially unsafe spots on the track. Live racing resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. Dave Palone swept the three races completed, including a pair of wins for trainer Ron Burke. The only winner this weekend at Buffalo Raceway will be Mother Nature as a forecast of heavy rain on Friday ...
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Backside burst wins for Whambamthankumaam

on 01/11/2018 12:00 AM
Whambamthankumaam skyrocketed to the front with a quick backside burst that caught the field flat footed, and she rolled to a convincing 11-1 victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare conditioned trot.   Whambamthankumaam was third when trainer-driver Greg Wright, Jr. sent her after the leader, Dreamsteeler. The 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Mojo N The Mor...
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Weekend Preview: Drivers Tourney, Integrity Policy

on 01/11/2018 12:00 AM
Miami Valley was the site of the second annual North America Drivers Championship on Jan. 9 and Gordon Waterstone was in the middle of all the action. Read his Backstretch With Gordon: Miami Valley edition in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Also, plenty of eyebrows were raised with the announcement that Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Jeff Gural-owned tracks of the Meadowlan...
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